Decals

Reviews of scale model decal sets.

Modern U.S. Army Rank and Regiment Insignia

Published: December 13th, 2010     
Modern U.S. Army Rank and Regiment Insignia
Reviewed by: Jack Kennedy, IPMS# 12511
Scale: 1/35
Company: Authentic Decals

One item that is the curse of all figure painters is that molded insignias and badges on the figures are way out of scale. They are usually raised and if in scale, they would stick out about an inch or more. Now, Authentic Decals has produced a set of decals for modern US soldiers with insignia, rank and regiment badges. With this release one would think that their prayers were answered. Unfortunately they were not with this set.

I realize that the modern US soldier does not have the colorful badges and insignia that were seen in WW II, but these are all monochromatic. Not only that, they are too small for 1/35 scale. I would also note that the regiment badges seem to be out of register.

There is only one set of each rank so if you screw up one, you will have to change the rank of the figure. The decals are so small that it is hard to distinguish one from another. They are numbered on the decal sheet, but there is no other reference as to which one is which.

VMA 513 AV8B "Yuma Nightmares"

Published: December 1st, 2010     
VMA 513 AV8B "Yuma Nightmares"
Reviewed by: Bill Schwarz, IPMS# 30924
Scale: 1/48
Company: Twobobs Aviation Graphics

This is an out-of-the-envelope review on another of the famousTwobobs line of decals. This time up it's the sheet for the VMA "Yuma Nightmares". The number of this sheet is 48-222, which is 48th scale, but I believe it is done in 72nd and 32nd as well.

The decals themselves are printed in the USA by Microscale, and as always is top notch, responding well to any of the decal solvents.  Fast becoming an industry standard, there is virtually no overlapping carrier film.. The sheet is well researched, and includes artwork for 3 Harriers. Two are BII Plus's, one is a BII Night Attack version. One has a blue tail for that splash of color.

"Blacksheep/Bulldogs" "Gunship Harriers"

Published: December 1st, 2010     
"Blacksheep/Bulldogs" "Gunship Harriers"
Reviewed by: Bill Schwarz, IPMS# 30924
Scale: 1/48
Company: Twobobs Aviation Graphics

This time up it's the Twobobs Decals sheet 48-223 "Gunship Harriers". Though this sheet is 1/48th scale. I believe this is also available in 32nd scale as well as 72nd scale. Check their website as well. The sheet is printed beautifully by MicroScale. This time up it's for two famous squadrons: VMA 214 "Black Sheep", and VMA 223 "Bulldogs".

The artwork is superb and the instruction sheet shows all views as well as pictures of the real aircraft. This sheet covers three birds. Two are from VMA 214, and one is from VMA 223. One of the Blacksheep birds has a splash of color. That is the black tail with white lettering and numbers. The stenciling is first rate too.

Bf-109F-4/Trop Part 2

Published: December 1st, 2010     
Bf-109F-4/Trop Part 2
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/32
Company: Eagle Editions Ltd.

Eagle Editions is synonymous with Luftwaffe research designed for the model builder. Their latest release is for any 1/32nd scale Friedrich. As always with EagleCals, the quality is felt right from opening up the packaging.

You are presented with markings for four Freidrichs. These are quite colorful aircraft. All of them start out with base colors of RLM 78/79, but that is where they commonality ends.

The instructions are printed in color on four 8x10 pages. The front page contains the profile and plan views. The profile views are printed larger on the second page. These profiles are absolutely beautiful. I don't know for sure but I'm fairly certain they are done by Tom Tullis. The third page is a written description of each aircraft. The fourth page contains the stencil diagram.

Moon Bus Decal Set

Published: November 14th, 2010     
Moon Bus Decal Set
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Scale: 1/55
Company: TSDS

TSDS makes products designed for the Sci-Fi modeler and the decal set for the Moebius Moon Bus is just one example of the excellent quality for which TSDS is known.

The decals are advertised as color water-slide decals and indeed they are both colorful and use the traditional dunk-and-slide application technique.

The decals are printed on a single sheet, approximately 5x9. The markings are clear and crisp. Since the entire sheet consists of one large piece of carrier film it is important that each decal be removed from the carrier sheet with the "cut" lines being as close to the actual marking as possible.

The decals responded very well to a short dip in water and none were damaged in the application process even though I handled some of them rather roughly. For all intents and purposes one can apply these decals in the same fashion as one uses for those decals that are supplied in any typical model kit.